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What we stand for

Implementing Indigenous Rights

In 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This granted comprehensive fundamental rights to Indigenous Peoples. Since its foundation, Incomindios has supported the participation of Indigenous Peoples in international bodies such as the UN. We advocate for the creation of national and international legal means so that Indigenous Peoples can protect themselves against any kind of violations and lead a self-determined life.

Protecting the environment and resources

The impact of climate change and environmental damage from resource extraction on Indigenous territories threaten the health and livelihoods of Indigenous communities.  Incomindios supports Indigenous communities in their resistance to this destruction. All decisions should be made according to the UN principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous communities. We call upon governments and corporations to treat Indigenous communities as equals and for consumers to take responsibility for the environment and human rights.

Promoting Indigenous culture and education

Indigenous communities harbor an enormously valuable diversity of languages and knowledge. Much of this has been lost or is still under serious threat due to the colonial policies of the states in which Indigenous Peoples live. We advocate for the cultural self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and support initiatives to promote traditional education and the transmission of knowledge to future generations.

Recognition – Self-determination – Justice

For the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since 1974

What we do


We inform the Swiss public about the living conditions and human rights violations in Indigenous communities through events, campaigns, and educational work in schools. We address political and economic actors with statements and advocate for Indigenous human rights defenders in their resistance against the exploitation of their land and resources.


We network with organizations and institutions at home and abroad to draw attention to Indigenous concerns. We are present at the UN and facilitate the participation of Indigenous delegates in relevant institutions (e.g. the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Climate Change Conference).

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We support Indigenous youth in their role as future political leaders. We support Indigenous projects for the protection of the environment, resources and culture through fundraising and expert advice. We develop our own projects in these areas and support initiatives to preserve and promote Indigenous art, culture and language.

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